Goal 4 – Read at least 15 books with at least 5 of them coming from my To Be Read lists Progress – 4 read with 2 of them coming from my to be read lists
Over the years I have collected books from library sales and trips to the Half Price Bookstore. Then they sat on my shelves until last year when I decided that it was time to get rid of stuff. I went through my shelves and got rid of a lot of them. Some because the subject was no longer relevant and others because I couldn’t figure out why I had even bought them. Now I’m down to around 50-75 on my shelves. They are part of my to be read list.
The other part – and it is the larger part- is all the book titles I’ve come across through blogs and podcasts. I would really like to cross some of them off this year. I made a start by going through the list to see what books I can get through the library. I also discovered some titles that I removed for the same reasons as above.
Do you have a to be read list? How do you find time for reading? What types of books do you read? I’d love to hear from you – please leave a comment
I’ve worked out a schedule for the year and there will three challenge periods, each lasting for one hundred days. There will be a few weeks in between to evaluate what I did and plan for the next period.
For the first challenge I have five goals. Hopefully it isn’t too much to add onto my plate. The first goal is to declutter one hundred items. This is a continuation from last year. I have gotten rid of a lot of things but there is still stuff I think can be removed. One of the great things about last year’s work is that my hubby decided to join in. He is continuing to work on it this year and I’m hopeful that we will get this house decluttered this year.
The second goal is to stay within my budget. I need to pay closer attention to our spending and try to rein in our expenses. No more letting receipts pile up for months before figuring out where our money is going. I’m going to choose a weekly time where I enter receipts and check to see how things are going. I’m going to do a better job of using what food we have to try and bring down the grocery bill.
The third goal is to read 15 books. My to be read list has over two hundred books on it but when I go to the library I’m always seduced by the new titles and never seem to cross off anything on my list. I’m going to start using the request a book feature from my library website and get some books from my list. I’m also going to see if there are any more that are not really relevant anymore and take them off the list. I look at some of the titles and have no idea what they are about or why I put them on my list in the first pIace. I want to read at least five books from my list during this challenge period.
The fourth goal is to exercise for at least ten minutes six times a week. I am very consistent with my am and pm stretching routine. In the morning I do a few yoga poses, hold a plank for one minute and do the neck and hip stretches. In the evening I do a few yoga poses and my neck and hip stretches. Monday through Friday I have been riding the stationary bike for ten minutes but on the weekends when I have my granddaughter I haven’t managed to fit it in. I’m going to try to take a walk on the weekends.
My fifth goal is to spend at least one hour a week working on a hobby. There are a lot of things I have the materials to do but haven’t taken the time to do them. I’m still working on what I’m going to do since there are so many possibilities. I know that the first one will be my granddaughter’s quilt. It was supposed to be done before she was born and she turned two last November. Definitely want to get it done.
Well I guess that is enough for now. I’ll be starting on Monday and I’ll be back some time next week to let you know how things are going.
Disclaimer = this is an unedited post – please excuse any errors. I would love to have a polished entry but at this point in my life I can barely find the time to create a rough draft.
Someday I should take the time to see how many times I’ve tried to develop the habit of consistently posting something – I know I’ve done it more times than I care to think of. Anyway, I am going to try again.
There have been a lot of changes over the past five years and I think I’ve finally hit the point where I am ready to get serious about taking control of what is going on in my life. I’ve spent too many years either depressed or feeling like everyone else’s needs and wants are more important than my own. Recently I’ve been feeling envious and resentful towards my husband because he has decided on a change of direction and is actively working to bring it about. Then I realized that I shouldn’t give into the negative thoughts and emotions instead I should emulate him and start taking action on my goals.
Unfortunately after denying them for so long I’m not sure I even know what they are anymore. Back when I started this blog I had six goals I wanted to accomplish and yet here we are so many years later and there isn’t much progress to show. Now I’m left wondering what do I really want?? Surely if those goals were truly important I would have found a way to work on them – wouldn’t I?
I’ve decided to do a 100 day challenge to round out 2019. I have a few definite routines I want to establish, a few projects I want to complete and I want to come up with some plans to either recommit to my original six goals or come up with some others to work on.
So here they are – the goals for the last 100 days of 2019
- fitness – am and pm do neck stretches, yoga moves and a 60 second plank hold every day; do at least 5 minutes of some type of exercise daily including one easy HIIT walking interval program per week
- no computer after 9:30pm and in bed by 10:30pm
- work in the garden or on planning the garden for at least 20 hours
- declutter 100 items
- check into projects to do to increase the value of our home in preparation to sell in the next 5-10 years
Long term goals – spend at least 15 minutes each day either recommitting to my original goals or figuring out new ones for 2020
Hopefully that isn’t too much to try and work on. We’ll see how it goes.
Hopefully some time this year I will manage to post my goals for the month before that month is half over! February was another month where I did not meet my goals. As is so often the case for me, events derailed my good intentions and I struggled to stick to my plans.
Goal updates- I managed to declutter 72 items which I will post about soon. I feel like I did better with training the boy but I didn’t keep good records so I’m not sure. I am seeing some progress in that I’m not needing to remind him as much about things he needs to do. Unfortunately I am still struggling with the computer and bedtime goals. I stopped being on the computer before 10 pm a total of 13/28 days -46%. I was in bed by 10:30pm a total of 17/28 -60%.
March goals – I’m hoping the third time will be the charm because this is the last month I’m going to focus on these goals. There are some other goals I want to work on once spring arrives and I’m hoping that it does arrive soon. So I’m shooting for 75% for monitoring the boy’s training checklists, shutting down the computer and getting to bed on time. I’d like to get rid of at least 25 items this month.
Anyone else want to chime in and tell about their progress or lack of progress? I’d love to hear how things are going with you.
Just another sloppy, unedited installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…
This will be a short one because I don’t have much time but I want to post something because one of my 2017 goals is to be more consistent in posting at least weekly.
It was a busy week with celebrations for New Year’s and my birthday, the boy starting back to school, the girl starting to work in the family business and me organizing a event for a church group.
Since it was my birthday, I got several coupons and decided to do one of my least favorite activities – shopping. I wanted to shop for a pair of pants because my favorite pair have become too big and my other ones are still a bit too tight. I also wanted to get new bras. The ones I got last year ended up being too uncomfortable to wear all day. I thought I’d be able to deal with the underwires but I couldn’t.
First off was the Lands End shop in Sears – didn’t find any pants I liked but did end up with a flowered cardigan. I do wish I could find long sleeves that actually fit and didn’t need to be turned up.
Then it was off to Kohl’s for their intimates sale. I lucked out – I was standing in the middle of the lingerie section looking lost when Leeann came by and asked if I needed help. She turned out to be a bra fitter and made the experience so easy. She took my measurements, asked me what I preferred and brought me several styles to try on. If it had been for the power failure I would have been in and out in less than half an hour. A far cry from the last time when I couldn’t find any wireless bras in my size and ended up trying on dozens of bras.
Now the only question is what to do with the old bras. My really old bras I tossed but I hate to toss the underwires I got last year. I hardly wore them – I would usually opt to wear the old ones and left them in the drawer. I just don’t know about donating them. On the one hand, there are women who would probably appreciate not needing to spend $40 or more on a bra. But on the other hand there just seems to be something a bit weird Not sure what I’m going to do.
Okay enough for now, need to get moving on some work. I’ll be back next week to update my goals for this year. Until then, enjoy your day wherever you are.
I have been thinking about this since I first posted. There were several things I was considering doing on a daily basis – meditating for 5 minutes, walking at least 5 miles, or working in the garden or the loft. However, the way things have been around here lately, I don’t think I can commit to doing something on a daily basis.
Then I thought about doing something weekly – reading a book from my shelves, working an hour in the garden, spending an hour going through saved sites/recipes/projects/blogs on my laptop, working on my job search for an hour or working for an hour on creative projects. All of these are things I need to do but none of them are really appealing at this time.
I finally decided that for the next 100 days I’m going to focus on decluttering and getting rid of things. I’m feeling overwhelmed by the number of things I could be working on and I’ve decided I need to make some decisions about what projects I’m really going to commit to and which I need to let go of. Also there is just a ton of stuff that I don’t really use or need and I’m ready to let go of it. For this 100 day challenge I will get rid of at least 100 items by December 31, 2016.
I hope you will consider playing along and leave a comment below to tell what you are going to work on for the last 100 days of 2016. I will post an update on my progress each week and you can leave a comment to let me know how your challenge is going as well. I look forward to reading your comments and cheering you on.
2016 is winding down and I’d like to go out with a strong finish. Once again I’m thinking about doing a 100 day challenge to close out the year. A challenge is always easier when you can get/give support to someone else who is also working towards a goal. So I’m throwing it out to you- my loyal reader J, those of you who follow but don’t comment and those of you who stumbled across this blog today. Please join me – think of some goal you want to accomplish, a habit you want to start, a habit you want to get rid of, anything at all – and make the commitment to do something for 100 days straight.
Start thinking about your choices. For me the options are – letting go of 100 things, committing to 5 minutes of meditation daily, walking at least five miles a day, and/or spending at least an hour a week doing something related to my job search.
The starting date for the challenge will be Friday, September 23rd. If you are willing to participate, please leave a comment below stating what your challenge will be. I’ll have a weekly update post where you can leave a comment with your progress or lack of progress and I’ll respond with some support/encouragement to everyone who is playing along. I hope some of you will consider joining in and look forward to hearing what your goals are.
Just another sloppy/unedited edition of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…
Another sunshine filled day although it is supposed to get cold again. I’m headed out later to enjoy the sun and warmth before that happens.
It is very hard to type when the cat is trying to help. Marco likes attention and he makes sure you give it to him. He is getting a bit better at getting off the counter when I tell him to which is an improvement – before I would have to chase him and put him down but now he is jumping down when he hears me yell.
Just noticed that Matthew left his flash drive plugged into the computer – that will make it hard for him to work on his project in school today. We need to get better at making sure that he puts it in his backpack when he finishes working.
March 1st – a new month – time to check my progress and set some new goals.
- I did very well with my step goal of 8500steps/day – only missed it once and got my average for the year up to 9000/day. My goal for this month is 9500 steps/day.
- I didn’t do as well with my sleeping at least 7 hours a night goal. I only made that 19 out of 29 days. I need to do a better job of getting to bed before ten pm from Sunday through Thursday. I can sleep a little later on weekends but during the work week I have to be up at 5:40am. Need to work on wrapping up my evening activities earlier which means I need to stop reading in the tub. I always say I’ll just read one chapter but that usually turns into two or three.
- I started off doing well with the cleaning but have slacked off lately. It should get back on track as I prepare for the Progressive Dinner for members of our church. We are the first stop and I’m trying to get things ready for company. One other benefit of the dinner is that it lit a fire under hubby who cleared out massive amounts of stuff that had been stored in our upstairs. Since we are still in the process of renovating the house, the upstairs has been the storage space for all the stuff we’re not sure what we want to do with as well as the hubby’s personal “I might need/want this some day” space.
- I did not get new bras – there were two lingerie stores that I had hoped to visit but they both went out of business. I’m not really the Victoria’s Secret type of shopper. I’m not looking for “pretty” or “sexy” and I don’t like underwire at all. I just want something that will hold the girls up and not cost a fortune. However, it has been a long time and I really think I should get a proper fitting so I get the right size. Anyone have any recommendations for me?? Please leave a comment if you do. Thanks
- I did order new glasses. The exam was quick and easy and I went with a pair for reading and a pair for driving. Of course two days after I ordered them, I found the long lost pair of glasses at my husband’s shop. I was sure I had lost them at a church event and never even considered looking for them at the shop. Apparently my hubby thought a customer had left them and had them in a drawer. He was cleaning things out and put them on the bookshelf where I found them and thought they looked familiar. Oh well, now I’ll have a spare just in case anything happens to the new ones.
New goals for March will be
- 9500 steps/day
- Be in bed by 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and no later than 11 pm Friday and Saturday
- Get house cleaned up for Progressive Dinner
- Get new bras
- Continue reading books from my shelf – trying to get through the 200+ that I have accumulated
What are your goals for March? Have you been working on a word for the year? Let me know in the comments. Until next time, have a wonderful day.
Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head and today there are a lot of them…
I make so many plans/set goals and then go completely off track at the first hiccup in the process. Then I can’t seem to roll with the flow/pick myself up and adjust to the changed circumstances. I need to get better at working my plan instead of reacting to what other people want/need/ask me to do.
For example, last week I decided to make a strong push to finish out the year and get some of my earlier goals met. But here I am – no further along than I was. I’ve struggled to get back to a schedule that would balance activities that help me complete my goals with activities that refresh and renew my spirit. Instead I’m still flitting from activity to activity, looking busy but accomplishing nothing. It is truly disappointing.
I’m also struggling with feelings of frustration and discouragement as I watch my children struggle and make choices that are different than my hopes for them. I’m trying to remember that I have done my best to instill good values but ultimately their choices are under their control not mine. A tough lesson to learn.
Autumn has arrived and I need to get moving in the garden – there are so many things I’d like to get done. I know I need to pick and choose because they can’t all get done but it is so hard to decide.
I am enjoying the sight of the stained glass panels that were finally installed. I’ve been waiting on these for almost 13 years so it is a real pleasure to finally have them.
Getting ready to start enjoying the 31 Days writings that so many bloggers will be doing this month. There are always so many great topics to explore – have to be careful not to get sucked in and spend all day reading!
I’m off to get some work done – I hope to be back again soon. Thanks for reading
I know that I am not at my best/peak fitness level however I do not feel that I am at my worst either. Lately I’ve been struggling to get in my daily steps and any other kind of activity because of a foot problem. Now today the strap to my Fitbit fell apart and I am unable to accurately log the steps I do take.
This coupled with some other issues in my life have led me to decide to take a break from tracking/focusing on fitness activities for awhile. I know there are other things I could be doing(and most probably should be doing) in terms of fitness, but truthfully I just don’t want to. I don’t really enjoy most forms of exercise so it is a struggle to actually do anything most days. Then I get upset because I set the goal to exercise and don’t follow through. That leads to negative self-talk which leads to a bad mood which most often leads to poor eating choices.
Considering all that, I’m going to put my time, energy and focus on some other things I’d like to accomplish this year(like perhaps the completion list that I posted earlier this year?!?). We’ll see how things turn out as the year winds down.
Have you ever taken a fitness break? How did it turn out for you? I’d be interested to hear how other people have dealt with this situation so please feel free to share your thoughts.